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Maine CBP Arrest 2 in Smuggling Attempt Across U.S./Canada Border

Release Date: 
July 22, 2014

JACKMAN, Maine— Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Jackman port of entry, along with Border Patrol agents from the Jackman Station, arrested two residents of Canada after husband tries to smuggle his wife across the U.S.-Canada border.

On July 17, Canadian citizen Pierre Poulin, 41, presented himself for admission to the U.S. at the Jackman port of entry. Inconsistencies by Poulin during the initial inspection prompted CBP officers to conduct a secondary inspection, which revealed women’s clothing and suspicious equipment. Subsequently officers notified, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Jackman Station who conducted a search of the U.S.-Canada border for a possible suspect illegally entering the United States.

During their targeted search, Border Patrol agents encountered Karoline Ramos De Oliveira, 27, a citizen of Brazil and legal permanent resident of Canada dressed in camouflage in the woods. Initial questioning by Border Patrol agents uncovered Ramos not having the necessary immigration documents allowing admittance into the United States. As such, Ramos was taken into custody for further processing. Subsequently, Ramos was processed for an Expedited Removal and granted deportation to Canada in lieu of Brazil, her country of citizenship, on July 18.

Poulin is charged for violation of 8 USC 1324 (a)(1)(A)(iv), Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, and the case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maine.

The charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

For more on CBP’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.